Friday, March 28, 2008

Tibet Analyst Robert Barnett on March 14th

You might wonder why I put up this video of what might seem like yesterday's news. But wait. What Dr. Barnett has to say about the events of March 14th is important for people to hear and understand today and in the future.  It helps tremendously to understand the events of that day, and why they unfolded as they did.  It is a video that tells you the story behind all those other videos.  It's only four minutes of your time, assuming you have your computer sufficiently equipped, so what are you waiting for?


  1. I know I'm sending a comment to my own posting, but I had overlooked one interview with Robert Barnett on National Public Radio dated the 27th. Go to the correct page to get the audio at NPR's site in TinyUrl here:

    And if what Peter Ford, Beijing reporter for Christian Science Monitor, says about the probability of state planning for or of the violence doesn't exactly jibe with what R.B. said in the video, I'd just ask you this: To whom will you give more credit, a Beijing-based journalist* who never made it beyond Chinghai or a Columbia prof. with long and intimate knowledge of the Lhasa street, author of the book Lhasa: Streets with Memories? Your call. But you probably guessed I'm betting on the prof.

    (*AS a rule, Beijing-based journalists with major foreign news organizations have not been given permission to visit the TAR. That helps explain why so many of them were jumping up and down with joy when it was announced that some journalists would be taken on a tour of Lhasa. Many of them had long dreamed of this opportunity. Well, at least before they realized that there was no list they could sign onto. The list had already been drawn up.)

  2. Dear Anonymous poster,

    I decided not to post your comment because I believe by doing so I might serve as an accomplice in a character assassination that might be part of a personal vendetta, so little do I know. Besides, the comments about horses and chickens are way over my head. Try and be more intelligible, with less innuendo, and I might let you get through next time.

    Yours, Dan

  3. I'd like to recommend yesterday's 30-min-documentary Tibet: The Story of a Feud on BBC Radio 4 for a very good presentation of the subject, involving several specialist (including R. Barnett, T. Shakya, M. Goldstein) and not so specialists (P. French, R. Gere etc.)

    arnonymous greetings

  4. Dear Mr. Nymous,

    Many thanks for the tipoff. I haven't heard this (well, not quite yet). I'm going there right now.


  5. Dear Anonymous 2 (Nov. 25, 2008),

    I do not accept your "Dear Editor" comment, because it is so clearly a spam. By 'spam' I mean that it isn't addressed to me, and was clearly written without knowledge of what I have written already in this blog. In order to respond to all your points, I would have to repeat so much of what I have already said in these blogs that I don't consider it worthwhile. If you have anything to say about that, my name is Dan, not editor. Please address me as such.

    Sincerely yours,


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